Sunday, June 9, 2013

Pineda Throws 4.1 Scoreless In His First Rehab Start

Michael Pineda's first MiL rehab start was pushed back to today due to weather and it sounds like it was worth the extra day's wait.  Pineda allowed just 2 hits and 0 runs in 4.1 IP for High-A Tampa today, striking out 4 batters and walking just 1.  He threw 68 pitches, 42 for strikes, and via Anthony Rieber he was regularly sitting 92-93 with his fastball.

Rieber also spoke with a few other scouts who were on hand to take in the start.  One said Pineda "looked like the guy I saw in Tacoma a couple of years ago," which has to be taken as a positive given that Pineda wasn't coming off major surgery then.  There's no word on when his next start will be and for what team he'll pitch (High-A has their ASG next weekend), but the positive momentum continues for Pineda's comeback.

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